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Welcome from Helen M. Berman

Welcome to the second Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) newsletter. The communication with PDB users and the development of RCSB PDB tools has made the past several months very exciting. We really appreciate your feedback, which guides the further development of the system.

On April 1, 1999, the 10,000th structure (1CD3) was released by the Protein Data Bank (PDB). This event occurred in the midst of several other important dates in the development of the RCSB and the PDB.

In March, it was decided by the NSF, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and RCSB that the timetable for the transition of the PDB should be accelerated. The RCSB will assume full responsibility for the NSF-funded PDB on July 1, 1999 -- a full three months ahead of schedule. At that point, the RCSB will have responsibility for all PDB operations formerly carried out by BNL.The details of the transition are described in this newsletter and on our Web site at http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/transition_status.html.

This progress is possible because all aspects of the project involving the RCSB, from deposition of structural data, through query and distribution, to long-term archival and clean-up of original data have proceeded smoothly and because of the cooperation of the RCSB and BNL staff.

The summer promises to be as busy as the last few months as we prepare to launch the third phase of the query software. We will also have an exhibit booth at the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) meeting -- please stop by and let us know how we are doing!

We look forward to the next 10,000 structures.

Figure 1: 1CD3, PDB’s 10,000th structure. T.Dokland, R.A.Bernal, A.Burch, S.Pletnev, B.A.Fane, M.G.Rossmann: The Role of Scaffolding Proteins in the Assembly of the Small, Single-Stranded, DNAVirus FX174, to be published, 1999. This figure shows the full FX174 viral coat, built from 60 icosahedrally arranged copies of the protein subunits deposited in this entry. Note: This count of 10,000 structures includes both the currently released and obsolete entries available from the PDB.

Helen M. Berman